NEW DELHI: A Delhi court pulled up the police for sending case properties related to northeast Delhi riots to forensics for examination purpose but not bothering after that about the status of the examination.

Additional sessions judge Pulastya Pramachala asked senior officials of Delhi Police, as a wake-up call, to take sufficient required steps to do the needful at the earliest.

The court noted that in the chargesheet filed in a riots case, the investigating officer (IO) had mentioned that certain case exhibits were sent to FSL for examination, but the prosecution did not bother to inform the court about the result of those examinations.
Special public prosecutor RCS Bhadoria, appearing for the police, said that the report from FSL was awaited and the IO was being asked to find out the status of the same.

The judge said that the fact remains that before the trial was being concluded by the court, the IO and prosecution were duty bound to take timely steps to obtain such material as well to inform the court.

“In several other cases, I have found a report in the supplementary chargesheet or in the main chargesheet regarding certain case exhibits been sent for examination purpose, but after filing of such chargesheet, no one is bothering on behalf of the investigating agency or prosecution to get the latest status of such examination or to get report of such examination or to even inform the court about the status of such examination. This might be the situation in other cases of riot as well,” the judge said in an order on June 9.

It asked Delhi Police to take necessary steps in all such cases which relate to the riots in 2020 and which are pending before the court at different stages. The matter will be heard next on July 15.
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